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Ohio-based CareSource announces intent to bid on Iowa Medicaid, CHIP


CareSource, a nationally recognized nonprofit managed care organization, has announced its intention to submit a proposal to serve Iowans covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In May, the Iowa Department of Human Services announced its intention to release a request for proposal for organizations to bid to provide care through the Iowa Health Link Medicaid program. The RFP is expected to be released in December with contracts being awarded in the fall of 2022. CareSource is currently working with Iowa regulators to obtain necessary approvals to serve as a managed care organization in Iowa. Founded in Ohio, CareSource serves more than 2 million members in five states: Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Georgia. In 2022, CareSource will also begin serving members in Arkansas, specifically the state’s Medicaid members with complex behavioral health, developmental and intellectual disabilities. CareSource has secured office space in downtown Des Moines and is in the process of hiring key leaders to support work in Iowa. Beyond Medicaid, CareSource will also seek to join the Health Insurance Exchange and provide another option for Iowans with its Marketplace plans.

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